Audrey Le Pogam with a snow bunting in front of the aviary at the Université du Québec à Rimouski (Québec)

Audrey LePogam: everyday is winter for snow bunting

In this post Audrey Le Pogam, a phd student from Université du Québec à Rimouski, present her research ‘Coping with the worst of both worlds: phenotypic adjustments for cold acclimatization benefit northward migration and arrival in the cold in an Arctic breeding songbird’. She discusses the importance of species adaptations to environment, her future research questions and her newly discovered passion for sumo. About the … Continue reading Audrey LePogam: everyday is winter for snow bunting

Zenon Czenze - In the Kalahari with a hot bird (Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill)

Zenon Czenze: Hot birds -thermoregulation in heat has co-evolved with drinking behaviour

Dr. Zenon Czenze is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria, soon to begin a Lecturer position at the University of New England in Armidale. Here, Dr. Czenze shares his team’s observations that led to the paper “Regularly-drinking desert birds have greater evaporative cooling capacity and higher heat tolerance limits than non-drinking species.”

Zenon Czenze - In the Kalahari with a hot bird (Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill)
Zenon Czenze – In the Kalahari with a hot bird (Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill)
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Abby Kimmitt hold a female resident junco at her field site near University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, VA. Photo Credit: Kaitlin Alford.

Abigail Kimmitt – Seasonal sympatry and timing of reproduction in dark-eyed juncos.

Abby Kimmitt hold a female resident junco at her field site near University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, VA. Photo Credit: Kaitlin Alford.
Abby Kimmitt hold a female resident junco at her field site near University of Virginia’s Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, VA. Photo Credit: Kaitlin Alford.

Dr. Abigail Kimmitt, a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University, tells us about her paper “Migratory strategy explains differences in timing of female reproductive development in seasonally sympatric songbirds”, as well as her current projects and her journey in becoming an ecologist.

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Brian Gerber: Sage grouse and site-fidelity: moving beyond the win-stay:lose-switch rule.

Dr. Brian D. Gerber is an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island in the department of Natural Resources Science (Lab Website, Google Scholar, ResearchGate). He focuses on understanding behavioral, population, and community ecology to conserve and manage wild animals. In this insight, Dr. Gerber discusses the background of the paper, “Extreme site fidelity as an optimal strategy in an unpredictable and homogeneous environment” … Continue reading Brian Gerber: Sage grouse and site-fidelity: moving beyond the win-stay:lose-switch rule.